Interview with Margaret Koeritzer, AuD
Margaret Koeritzer, AuD is an audiologist at Fairview Health Services in the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MOin 2016. Margaret works with individuals across the lifespan from infants to geriatrics. She provides ENT support and manages patients with hearing aids. Margaret is focused on serving each patient with compassion, empathy, and excellence.
1. What did you find most challenging as a new graduate?
Crossing state lines. My training occurred in Missouri and Michigan, coming home to Minnesota was amazing, but state laws and insurance rules changed when I crossed the state lines; learning these different rules/regulations has been the hardest part of starting my career.
2. What did you find most surprising?
The most surprising thing for me, has been not checking in or going over my diagnostic/treatment plan with another audiologist before seeing a patient. I was so used to talking through my "plan of action" with my supervisor prior to seeing a patient, it feels very weird to not go though everything with another audiologist.
3. What has the Academy been able to help you with since graduation?
I love the job search tool on the Academy's website, it was a great tool when I was looking for my first job. Also, the transition from being a student member to becoming a fellow was very easy; the process is streamlined, well explained, and easy to complete. I was a fellow before I received my state license.
4. Are you involved in any state or national activities?
I am an Awards and Honors Committee member in the Minnesota Academy of Audiology, and I love it. I am honored to be a part of this committee, thanking our outstanding colleagues for their dedication to our profession is truly a privilege.
5. What do you feel that you bring to your workplace as a new professional that someone who is further from graduation cannot?
As a new professional, I have recently studied best practices, the most current research and theories, and have been trained across our scope of practice. As a new professional, I am able to ask questions about protocols, by asking the questions, protocols are re-examined and best practices are updated.
6. What issues do you feel are most important to audiology at this point in time?
The most important issues within audiology right now are combating the negative stigma of hearing loss/hearing aids, and continuing to work toward greater autonomy for audiologists.
7. What do you think could be done about them?
I believe we need to continue to educate our patients, their families, and the public about hearing loss and what hearing aids can/cannot do in order to slowly change the negative stigma surrounding these issues. We need to continue to work with our representing bodies (ASHA, AAA, and ADA) to push for greater autonomy. Obtaining the ability to prescribe hearing aids for our adult patients, without medical clearance from a physician, is a giant step in the right direction.
8. What are your hopes for the future of the profession?
I hope that we can gain more autonomy, respect, and financial equality within the medical community.